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Michael Jackson Is This Year’s Highest-Paid Dead Musician

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Michael JacksonAccording to forbes Michael Jackson is no longer the top-earning dead celebrity–last week he ceded that title to Liz Taylor–but with $145 million to his name Jackson’s still the world’s best-paid musician, living or dead.

MORE:Michael Jackson may not be the top-earning dead celebrity anymore–last week he ceded that title to his friend, Liz Taylor, but he’s still the world’s best-paid musician, living or dead. The King of Pop pulled in $145 million in 2012, the third straight year of nine-figure earnings for the “Thriller” mastermind.

Jackson isn’t the only musician raking it in from beyond the grave. In honor of Halloween, we present this year’s list of the top-earning dead musicians:six singers ,songwriters and composers who earned more than $5 million from October 2011 to October 2012 despite no longer walking the Earth. They account for nearly half the names on our overall dead celebs list, thanks to continued demand for their music, image, name and likeness.

Jackson’s $145 million total would be even higher if FORBES hadn’t credited the advance for the Cirque show to last year’s $170 million total. Expect the bonanza to continue in 2013 as the tour goes to other parts of the world, where Jackson enjoys arguably even greater popularity that he does in the United States.

Elvis Presley ranks second on this year’s list with $55 million (matching the earnings of Justin Bieber). The King of Rock n’ Roll’s earnings are flat this year—the closure of his Viva Elvis show in Las Vegas was offset by an uptick in Graceland attendance due to 2012′s unusually warm weather. The estate’s value was clear to billionaire Leon Black, whose Apollo Global Management purchased CKX, the parent company of American Idol and the estates of both Elvis and Muhammad Ali, for $509 million last year.

Bob Marley claims the third spot on the list with $17 million–more than living herbal enthusiasts like Wiz Khalifa or Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snopp Dogg). Not necessarily known for commercial ventures during life, Marley has become a diversified businessman from beyond the grave. In addition to selling over 75 million albums in the past 20 years, he’s recently added the Marley Beverage company (home to the “relaxation drink” known as Marley’s Mellow Mood) and House of Marley (producer of eco-friendly audio and lifestyle products) to his portfolio.

 

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Michael Jackson Is This Year’s Highest-Paid Dead Musician

The rest of the list is rounded out by Beatles–John Lennon and George Harrison continue to share in the group’s spoils (over 63 million albums sold in the U.S. alone since 1992)–along with composer Richard Rodgers. Though the latter’s Rodgers and Hammerstein body of work sold for a reported $200 million back in 2009, his estate continues to benefit from his solo works and collaborations with Lorenz Hart, including songs like “Blue Moon” and “This Can’t Be Love.”

There were a few big names who didn’t make the Top 13, perhaps most prominently Whitney Houston. Though the singer signed a $100 million record deal in 2001, she still hasn’t earned back the $30-$40 million advance she received as part of the deal, and didn’t leave behind much in the way of unreleased material (for more, see the story “Why Whitney Houston Didn’t Make Forbes’ List Of Top Earning Dead Celebs”).

Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul and Tupac Shakur all pulled in more than $3 million, but not enough to make our list. Watch out for Shakur next year–his holographic appearance at Coachella in early 2011 could be a sign of big things to come.

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BBNaija’s Angel reveals what scares her the most about marriage

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The former Big Brother Naija season 6 reality star Angel Smith,

has revealed what scares her the most about marriage.

sleeping with your partner without protection, despite not knowing if their partner is cheating or not, is worrisome.

She wrote:  “I think the scariest part of marriage; FOR ME, is that you actually don’t really have a decision in terms of using protection, you expect your partner to be loyal but it’s many people outchea cheating on their partners without using protection.

“Like at least in a relationship outside of marriage I can choose to simply use protection throughout but like marriage sorta scraps that off the table and I am too much of a hypochondriac.

“I’ve seen too many bizzare stories of people infecting their husbands/wives with stds and I want no part AT ALL Lmfaooo.

“The story where the husband knew he had gotten hiv, gave it to his wife, she got really ill and he knew that was what the problem was, still didn’t tell her and then she found out when she was almost d*ing. It’s a no from meeee dawggg.”

 

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Tems makes first solo entry on Billboard Hot 100 chart

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Nigerian singer,  Tems’ hit song, ‘Free Mind’ which was released in 2020 as part of the singles for her EP ‘For Broken Ears’, debuted at No. 90 on the international music chart. has appeared on the Billboard Charts, following “Essence (remix)” ft. Wizkid & Justin Beiber, which peaked at No. 9, and Drake’s “Fountains, “Wait for You” featuring Future and Drake, also reached number one in the charts.

She won a BET award,  Terms also on Beyonce’s forthcoming album, and sang one of the theme songs on Black Panther 2.

She’s making Nigerian proud.

 

 

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Media Personality Latasha Ngwube:Blast Korra Obidi For Blaming Jealous Online Critics For Her Failed Marriage

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Media personality Latasha Ngwube has advised dancer Korra Obidi not to put her relationship online again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the mother of two who vowed never to put her next relationship online had also blamed “jealous” online critics for making her husband throw her out of his house just 5 days after childbirth

The media personality wrote;

Sweety even the fact that you’re making this video says you haven’t learned your lesson. Move in silence, enjoy your own company and stop feeding the onliners. Nourish yourself and work towards a beautiful life. You’re talented and strong, but social medearly your weak point. P.s. take responsibility for your actions. You overexposed yourself and your family but affliction need not arise a second time if you’re wise.

 

That you?re making this video says you haven?t learned your lesson - Latasha Ngwube reacts to Korra Obidi vowing not to put her relationship online

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